Jeff Roberts

Wilderness Area Map App

onX Hunt offers accurate Wilderness Area maps to help you explore over 100 million acres of wilderness areas in the United States. Try onX Hunt today. 

Experience Our Interactive Wilderness Area Map Below

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Hunting in Wilderness Areas

Wilderness areas offer a primitive and challenging hunt due to restrictions on motor vehicles, access points, and difficulty of terrain. However, if the hunters put in the effort, they are often rewarded with the opportunity of less hunting pressure and the potential of trophy animals.

What are Wilderness Areas?

Wilderness areas make up about 4.5% of the United State’s land and can be found in 45 out of 50 states. In 1964, the Wilderness Act created the legal definition of wilderness and paved the path for preservation for generations to come. Wilderness areas are managed jointly by the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife, The Forest Service, and The National Park Service.

The Best Mapping Tool for Navigating Wilderness Areas

The onX Hunt App helps you navigate Wilderness Areas with confidence, so you always know where you stand. Differentiate Wilderness Areas from private land with clearly marked boundaries. onX Hunt also features offline maps for when you travel into wilderness areas and out of cell service. 

Even when you’re deep in the wilderness and not having to worry about land ownership boundaries or trespassing, it is imperative to know where you are.

Using onX has become essential in the backcountry for navigation back to spike camp in the dark, tracking blood trails after a well-placed arrow hits the mark, logging miles hiked during the day, and planning out a stalk.”

Brandon Mason

Know Where You Stand with onX Hunt

onX Hunt provides invaluable information on wilderness areas and their boundaries, giving you more clarity when you’re planning your hunt or in the field. Try onX Hunt for free for 7 days.

How to Access The Wilderness Area Layer

On Desktop

  1. Login to your account on
  2. Select Map Layers on the left hand menu.
  3. Navigate to the “Western Application Research” Layer Folder.
  4. Toggle on the “Wilderness Areas” Layer.

In App

  1. Open onX Hunt on your mobile device or tablet.
  2. Select Map Layers on the bottom left of the home screen.
  3. Navigate to the “Western Application Research” Layer Folder.
  4. Toggle on the “Wilderness Areas” Layer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Hunt Wilderness Areas?

Yes, but there are some policies you should research before venturing out on your hunt. Wilderness areas prohibit the use of motor vehicles, game carts, trail cameras, and drones. It is your responsibility to research and follow any federal or state restrictions pertaining to hunting in wilderness areas.

What Agencies Manage Wilderness Areas?

Wilderness areas are jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.

How are Wilderness Areas Different from National Parks?

Wilderness areas are off limits to development such as roads or structures, whereas national parks are protected from development, but allow construction of roads and structures to facilitate the park.